2011 Aristos Duquesa D'a Chardonnay CachapoalChardonnay from Chile
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"ARISTOS was born in Vosne Romanee, in the Chateau of Vosne Romanee, on 2003. It was the result of a long night dreaming and discussing wine, terroir, life and everything, Loui...
- 99 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
- 96 Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
99 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
"This proves that Chile competes with the great white wine producers in the world. Full body, incredible depth, and structured layers of ripe fruit and stones. So much cream, meringue and power. The combination of ripe fruit and acidity is mind-blowing. Chile's Montrachet. Made with the owner of highly respected family of Liger-Belair from Burgundy and friends. 3,400 bottles made. Drink or hold."
96 Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The impressive 2011 Duquesa D'A Chardonnay, sourced form colluvial terraces planted in 1990 in Alto Cachapoal, is a classical barrel fermented white matured in contact with the lees for some 24 months without racking. The malolactic was very late; it happened one and a half years after the wine is put in barrel. It feels a lot sharper and focused than the 2010, and within it's powerful and showy style, this 2011 is a lot subtler, harmonious, restrained and nutty; there is less fruit and more earth. It has tension, minerality and acidity that make it electric. There is incredible freshness, chalky tannins and a supple, mineral, almost salty, umami-driven finish. I looked up what I said last year about this wine, and the same comparison had also come to mind: Coche-Dury. This is simply superb, world-class Chardonnay. 3,200 bottles produced.
If the reds of Aristos are phenomenal, the whites are other worldly, really world-class Chardonnays. This is a joint-venture between Pedro Parra, François Massoc and Louis-Michel Liger-Belair from Burgundy. Among the best in Chile today."
"ARISTOS was born in Vosne Romanee, in the Chateau of Vosne Romanee, on 2003. It was the result of a long night dreaming and discussing wine, terroir, life and everything, Louis Michel, Francois and I. Then, in the morning, at 8 AM we where walking in the vineyards, it was raining….and the commitment to make a real Burgundy-Chilean project was done.
Duqueza, a Chardonnay coming from Coya, the highest vineyard planted in the Andes Mountain Range...I mean, not near the Andes, but IN the Andes. This climate provides us spectacular natural acidity for our Chardonnay." -Winery
Aristos (meaning noble or excellent in Ancient Greek) is a partnership between world renowned Burgundian Louis Michel Liger Belair, famed Chilean Terroir export Pedro Parra and one of Chile’s most awarded and cutting edge winemakers, Francois Massoc. Louis Michel and Francois met while studying for a master’s degree in Dijon. Pedro and Francois grew up in the same town in southern Chile and have been friends for over 30 years.
Aristos is the realisation of their dream to create a Burgundian style wines in Chile, specifically limestone based soils and a cool, fresh climate from Altitude. Given that most of the best Chilean terroir is granitic with cooling winds from the Ocean, they had quite a task ahead of them. In 2006, they came across the town of Coya, a very small town high up in the Andes. It had everything they were looking for limestone soils and cool temperatures!
Coya is located in the Cachapoal Andes D.O., with altitudes ranging from 2460ft to 3200 ft. The team make three different wines all based on different soil types. Duquesa Chardonnay is from alluvial limestone and gravelly soils." -Importer
99 - James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
96 - Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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